Remember Match Sprint Cycling in the Olympic Games? Two cyclists ready their bikes to speed the oval. But they first eye each other to see when the opponent makes the break for a sprint to the end.
Sharing discipleship with other Christians can be like Match Sprint Cycling. We keep our eyes on each other instead of both focusing on Jesus. We wonder what our fellow believer does instead of what Jesus wants to do through each of us. We strain to beat our brother instead of working with him to defeat Satan. We excel in competing with fellow Christians instead of helping them be their best as disciples.
All discipleship is complementary, not competitive. Competition is only within self, working to improve the giftedness Jesus bestowed in us. Being complementary, we’re willing to help another improve his giftedness. Harder than that, we’re willing to ask help in developing ours.
We’re in the kingdom together against all satanic machinations. Whatever we can do to conquer him; or whatever we can do to help others conquer him, we shall. Since even small victories in others make our work for Jesus easier, we pray for others. Whatever they can do that we can’t, we pray they’ll exceed our expectations! We’re in a supplementary, supportive kingdom of forgiven sinners each seeking to become improving saints and willing to help others achieve it sooner and better!